Tubuai is the largest island in the archipelago and serves as the main hub for public and economic services for the entire group. The island's reef is scattered with fine motus, coral, and volcanic rocks, while its huge lagoon, which is nearly twice the size of the island itself, offers 33 sq. mi. (85 km²) of pure aquatic fun. The mild climate also makes Tubuai and the surrounding islands ideal for farming, with fields of lilies grown for export that can be seen stretching as far as the eye can see.
The island's stunning beauty has been noted by explorers for centuries. In the late 19th century, explorers Wallis and Cook were struck by the lush vegetation and crystal-clear water surrounding Tubuai. Despite the large barrier reef around the coast that made it seem unsuitable for good anchorage, this disadvantage turned into an incredible advantage in the eyes of the famous mutineers of the HMS Bounty. Led by Christian Fletcher, they built Fort George on Tubuai, which still exists today and is a must-visit attraction for visitors to the island.
Tubuai's natural beauty, abundant aquatic activities, and rich cultural history make it a must-see destination for travelers to the area. Whether you're looking to explore the island's stunning landscapes, learn about local history and culture, or simply relax and enjoy the island's mild climate, Tubuai has something for everyone.